Department of Political Science

Student Achievement & Involvement

The Planning Accrediation Board requires this information be posted for the Graduate Community Planning (Master of Community Planning) Program at Auburn University.
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Student Achievement

Our Auburn University MCP graduates are successful in their careers and in the planning profession as a whole. Several alumni hold executive positions in the American Planning Association-Alabama Chapter. Our graduates have won awards at the state and regional level competitions of the American Planning Association (AL-MS chapter), and our currently enrolled students give professional presentations at the national and state level conferences each year. Current MCP students have won the “Distinguished Leadership Award for a Planning Student Team” for Sustainable Transportation Planning class at the AL-MS American Planning Association conference in 2013, 2016 and in 2017. Details of these annual awards are archived here.  View a sample of work by an Auburn University Master of Community Planning student or read more about how Community Planning students are making a difference.


In addition, students from the Fall 2018 Historic Preservtion Planning class were featured in the Montgomery Advertiser, presenting their work to the planning department and regional planning commision in Montgomery. 

2017-2018 Tuition & Fees

In-state Residents, per full-time academic year: $10,968

Out-of-state Residents, per full-time academic year: $29,640

Student Retention Rates

Of our students who began in Fall 2016, 75% continued their studies into Fall 2017.

Student Graduation Rates

From Fall 2011 through Fall 2014, 43 new students enrolled in the MCP program. Of these 43, 70%, or 30 students, graduated within 4 years.

Number of Degrees Awarded

The Auburn University MCP program has awared 85 Masters of Community Planning degrees between May 2012 and January 2018.


Auburn University MCP graduates typically attempt the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) exam within 5 years of graduation. The Auburn MCP graduates have a 64% pass rate. AICP data after year 2013 is not available via the APA/ AICP.

Student Employment Rates

Approximately 74% of our fulltime graduates from May 2012 to May 2016 have found employment in a professional planning or planning-related job within one year of graduation. From that same time period, 8% of MCP graduates go on to pursue further education within one year of graduation.

Auburn University Student Planning Association

The Auburn University Student Planning Association (AUSPA) stimulates student interest in community planning and design, familiarizes students with the practice of planning, helps students in attending state and national planning conferences, and builds a strong relationship between the Community Planning degree program and other programs related to community planning and design. AUSPA endeavors to improve scholarship and performance of individuals entering the community planning and design fields. This student led association holds regular meetings and social events throughout the academic year. For more information, please contact Nathaniel Graham.


For more information

Jay Mittal

Jay Mittal

Associate Professor and Director, Master of Community Planning Program
Department of Political Science
Auburn University, AL 36849
8020 Haley Center
(334) 844-8409

Last Updated: December 07, 2018